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54% UK Docs: Don’t Treat Smokers Or Obese

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Doctors back demands to deny NHS treatment for smokers and the obese

By David Baker

PUBLISHED: 29 April 2012

More than half of doctors across the UK have backed controversial measures to withhold treatment to smokers and the obese.

According to a new survey around 54 per cent of those who took part said the NHS should have the right to deny non-emergency treatments to those who fail to lose weight or kick their smoking habits.

Members of the networking website doctors.net.uk were asked ‘Should the NHS be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?’

And although the poll was optional 593 of the 1,096 doctors who participated answered yes.

Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath?

It is believed that some procedures are less likely to work on those with unhealthier lifestyles and medics say they should not use their already limited resources for such work.

Note, however, that these doctors are not talking about just delaying treatment. They are talking about denying treatment altogether.

In some parts of England smokers and the obese are already being rejected IVF treatment as well as hip and knee replacements by private clinics but patient groups have reacted angrily to calls for the NHS to follow suit, saying it denies them their basic human rights.

Speaking to The Observer Dr. Tim Ringrose, doctors.net.uk’s chief executive, said the shift in attitudes is a result of the need to make huge cut backs.

He said: ‘This might appear to be only a slim majority of doctors in favor of limiting treatment to some patients who fail to look after themselves, but it represents a tectonic shift for a profession that has always sought to provide free healthcare from the cradle to the grave.’

Every day we get another step closer to death panels and euthanasia.

But this is how the healthcare system has been used to get control over our lives. First, they convinced people everyone should pay equally for healthcare. Then, they decide that some people are less deserving of healthcare than others. So the government can literally decide who lives and who dies.

But if the burden of paying for healthcare was shifted back to the individual, the government wouldn’t be able to do that. The worse that would come of that would be people would have to pay higher premiums if they choose to live ‘unhealthy lifestyles.’

But it wouldn’t come down the the government deciding whether you are worthy of treatment or not.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “54% UK Docs: Don’t Treat Smokers Or Obese”

  1. fallingpianos says:

    It is believed that some procedures are less likely to work on those with unhealthier lifestyles and medics say they should not use their already limited resources for such work.

    Unless your particular brand of unhealthy lifestyle makes you a politically protected class (i.e., homosexuality). In that case, there’s all sorts of resources available.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Smokers are providing a lot in tax money.

  3. Petronius says:

    Obesity is in the eye of Eric Holder … whoops, I mean the beholder.

    All Wall Street “fat cats” are by definition obese.

    Except those fat cats who donate heavily to the Democrat Party and other left-wing causes — they waddle to the head of the line.

  4. canary says:

    The alarm is Doctor’s wanting these regulations.

    UK Doctors adopting these decisions going along with UK’s government such as adopting the “European Union’s” laws
    on Medical Clinical Trial guidelines, after the UK determined theirs were not regulated enough.
    Why didn’t the UK change their own regulations or adopt U.S. regulations instead?

  5. beautyofreason says:

    Think of all of the third world moochers getting free health care on the NHS. North Africans, Saudis, even terrorist suspects travel through several countries on their way to Britain for asylum (free stuff). At least the smokers and the obese pay into the system, the working ones I mean.

  6. bobdog says:

    Personally, I think that hypocrisy should be treated as a disease, and its victims refused treatment.

  7. GetBackJack says:

    This is clear cut discrimination

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